Rare and Special Black Friday Beer Releases at Greater Cincinnati Breweries

A list of what you can get and when, plus Arnold's 12 Beers of Christmas tapping

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The best part of Thanksgiving is the day after, aka Black Friday (Nov. 29). Several breweries will be selling rare and special bottles of beer — and it’s an excuse to escape your family.

On Black Friday, Grainworks will release Brewer’s Breakfast, an English oatmeal stout-style brew, in four packs. Also, merchandise will be 30 percent off. They will also tap What’s In The Middle, an Oreo-infused milk stout, and The White Stuff, a Golden Oreo-infused golden cream ale.

Sonder Brewing will team-up with Mason’s Duck Donuts for a Black Friday release of Sunrise Lemon Icing Berliner Weisse  and Taken For Pome-Granted, a pomegranate liqueur barrel-aged sour. Sunrise will be available in cans and Pome-Granted will be sold in bottles.

Listermann will open at 9 a.m. and host their annual Black Friday bottle release, which includes bottles of Vanilla Discrepancies and other variants.

Christian Moerlein gets into the spirit with the Black Friday event Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. They’ll sell $4 pints and $4 flights of dark beers and have $8 growler refills.

Swine City will also celebrate Black Friday, with 10 taps of stouts.

On Black Friday, Streetside will release cans of #Blessed and John Lemon, and will open nice and early at 8 a.m.

On Black Friday, Little Miami Brewing Co. brings back Prancer, an American gingerbread ale brewed with real ginger root, and Blitzen, a strong Scottish ale, on tap. No reindeer were harmed in the brewing process.

Braxton has everyone beat by opening at 7:30 a.m. on Black Friday. They’ll preview a Barrel-Aged Starter Coffee (featuring a Coffee Emporium roast aged in bourbon barrels for two years), offer 10 percent off merch, a Taste of Belgium waffle bar and Holtman’s donuts. 

Arnold's (210 E. Eighth St., Downtown) is also tapping its 12 beers of Christmas on Black Friday. Starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 29, they'll be tapping "a collection of some of the finest, rarest and sought after Holiday brews," says a release.

The 12 beers are:

  1. Great Lakes Christmas Ale with honey, cinnamon and ginger flavors. 
  2. Three Floyd's Alpha Claus, a Christmas porter with English chocolate malt, Mexican sugar and hops.
  3. Listermann's Christmas Cocoa, a rare variant of the brewery's oatmeal stout.
  4. Delirium Noel, brewed specifically for Christmas and New Year.
  5. Prairie Christmas Bomb, with espresso beans, vanilla, chocolate, ancho chile peppers and Christmas spices.
  6. Bourbon Barrel Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas, a bourbon-barrel aged brew with toasted and caramel malts, honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
  7. West 6th Christmas Ale, a winter warmer with orange peel, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  8. St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, a Belgian beer that is frequently rated the best Christmas beer in the world.
  9. Rhinegeist Dad, with piney hops.
  10. Fifty West's Christmas Cookie, an ale with oats, cinnamon and sugar.
  11. Bell's Christmas Ale, a Scotch ale with notes of caramel.
  12. Fathead's Holly Jolly with sweet malt, ginger, honey and cinnamon spice. 

In addition to special beer releases, Arnold's will also be giving away limited-edition Rhinegeist ornaments (signed by head brewer Jim Matt) to the first 50 guests who order food or a drink (starting at 6 p.m.). Chef Kayla Robison will also be preparing a special menu of comfort food dishes including short rib meatloaf and Mississippi roast. Expect live music from The Cincy Brass. 

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